Joy to the World
Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy
No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love
Well friends, it has come to the point in the year where I simply have to talk about a Carol! Joy to the world is one of the carols we turn to each year and so is well worth talking about!
First of all, it’s fairly simple to play! Which whilst this doesn’t sound like a big deal for any acoustic guitar player is a wonderful thing at this time of the year! But it’s obvious what this song is about; it’s about Joy. Joy that the saviour has come, Joy that the saviour reigns, Joy that because of him blessings flow, Joy that with Jesus comes truth, grace and righteousness.
This song is absolutely first and foremost a celebration of Jesus, who He is and what He brings. And it is so appropriate that we get excited about Him on Christmas! I always feel like we only get a few days to celebrate as Christians in the year. Obviously every day is special, and the ability to meet together and sing about Jesus each week is of course a joyous occasion but on Christmas and Easter Sunday we get two days in the year where we get to have a massive party.
Christmas, the day He was born and Easter Sunday, the day he rose. What two greater events could we be celebrating!
My favourite line of this song follows this theme really well and is hidden in verse two; Let men their songs employ while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains all repeat the sounding joy. For me it’s almost as if even if every person on the planet joined in on the joy that would not be enough, even the rocks call out in praise and celebration to God for his goodness to us!
Looking forward to singing this song with you on Christmas!